Under the direction of the Director of Equipment Operations, serve as the Head Football Equipment Manager and Equipment Area Supervisor for the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. Duties of the equipment area include: developing and implementing equipment policies and procedures for over 700 athletes and staff members, overseeing equipment and locker issues, oversee the purchase, inventory and storage of equipment, oversee laundry operations, and supervise a staff that is located in 10 areas of operation at Camp Randall Stadium, The Kohl Center, Porter Boathouse, Natatorium and Goodman Softball Diamond. Act as Head Football Equipment Manager for a Division 1 Football program including maintaining and fitting proper equipment per Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA recommendations) to Football players ensuring all safety and protective devices are in proper working order, (ensure National Operating Committee of Standards of Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) standards for equipment repairs are met); travel and coordinate transportation for away games; ensure NCAA compliance with trademarks, logos, etc.; coordinate with Director of Equipment for all Football equipment budget and purchasing requests.
Primary duties include: Overseeing and managing the equipment functions for a Division 1 Intercollegiate Athletic Program. Overseeing the equipment areas, policies and procedures, inventories, store rooms, and issuance of equipment to student athletes, coaches and staff who use athletic facilities: Developing and implementing equipment room policies and procedures for issuing equipment, inventory control, store room access and usage, locker issues, and laundry controls; Researching and monitoring new innovations and upgrades to shoes, apparel and equipment for the full range of intercollegiate sports sponsored by the UW Athletic Department; Researching and becoming experienced with new and existing safety devises, equipment and procedures. Acting as a liaison with the Sports Medicine Staff, equipment manufacturers, coaches and student athletes in regards to new, higher performing and safer sports equipment, shoes and apparel; Ensuring National Operating Committee for Standard of Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) standards are met for all repairs as a required member of the National Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA); Overseeing assistant equipment managers in getting information from the coach of a particular sport as to what equipment the squad members need and discuss the apparel manufactures and salespeople.
Ensuring NCAA and Big Ten guidelines are met; Establishing and maintaining operating procedures for equipment windows, equipment issue and exchange, store rooms, and laundry; Monitoring the process of student and staff equipment issuing and retrieval of gear; Interpreting Under Armour equipment contract and overseeing the ordering of contractual apparel and equipment; Ensuring the preparation of interdepartmental requisitions for equipment purchases; Monitoring and recording receipt of incoming new equipment, checking each item with the requisition copy to ensure the correct equipment in the correct amounts have been received; Supervising follow up on order mistakes and ensure problem resolution with delivery companies and/or manufacturers; Directing the storage of equipment in its proper place (depending on the season and the sport it is ordered for); Interpreting for coaches and staff the requirements by the NCAA and Big Ten for equipment, logo and trademark signage rules and regulations; Communicating necessary requirements to manufacturers and athletic apparel distributors, including Under Armour; Evaluating and recommending semi-trailer contract for transportation of football equipment to away competitions; Supervising staff, TE and student help in Equipment Room areas; Planning and scheduling work of assistant equipment managers, part time and student staff; Manage hiring, disciplinary action, promotions, etc., of Asst. Equipment Managers, students and part time staff; Monitoring and evaluating subordinate employee work performance; Training new employees and counselling subordinate staff on proper methods and performance standards; Scheduling vacation and holiday, overtime, payroll approval and other work schedule related items; and managing progressive employee discipline, as needed, in coordination with Athletics Human Resources. Serving as Head Football Equipment Manager: Overseeing the fitting of players with uniforms (both practice and game) including helmets and other gear for high impact sport of football per AEMA and manufacturer recommendations; Ensuring the air pressure devices in each helmet is working properly and inflated properly to ensure proper fit and shock absorption; Ensuring the correct face mask for each positional athlete is properly installed and secured to the helmets and monitored throughout practices and games, Ensuring shoulder pads are properly strapped and secured along with elbow, knee and ankle braces; Providing proper shoes/spikes for grass and turf and weather conditions; Monitoring the preparation of travel bags for trips and ensuring all necessary equipment is transported to game and fall training camp for staff and student athletes; Leading equipment travel party to away games and bowl games and ensuring equipment is returned at the end of each trip, monitoring the return of cases and checking to ensure all equipment is returned and processed appropriately (laundry, seamstress and dry cleaners); Coordinating all football equipment orders; Developing and monitoring the football equipment budget, football Under Armour budget and bowl budget of approximately $900,000 and overseeing the purchasing, storage, laundering, inventory, and distribution of apparel and equipment to student athlete and staff.
Bachelor’s degree is preferred. Three (3) to six (6) years of related, professional work experience in an equipment management role in an intercollegiate or professional athletics setting is preferred (required for no-prefix level title). Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA) certification is required. Preferred qualifications include: Knowledge of NCAA and Big Ten rules and regulations and University purchasing procedures; Knowledge of different types of athletic equipment, their uses and safety specifications; Ability to reconstruct apparel and equipment while maintaining National Operating Committee for Standard of Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) standards for all repairs; Knowledge of computer skills for automated inventories, stocking items, and storage procedures; Strong interpersonal skills for developing working relationships with coaches, athletes and sales representatives, and supervisory experience and skills necessary to coach, supervise and lead employees.
Conditions of Appointment: This is a 100%, renewable, Academic Staff appointment. Salary will be assigned within the appropriate range, commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package is also included. Anticipated start date on or after October 3, 2017. Successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.
To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be received by no later than 11:55 p.m. CDT, September 28, 2017. Please complete the online application: http://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/cw/en-us/job/496110/head-football-equipment-managerarea-supervisor and attach a letter of application addressing your qualifications and experiences specifically relating to the responsibilities of this position, a comprehensive resume, and contact information for at least three professional references. All application materials will be reviewed by our search committee after the posted deadline. Applicants selected to participate further in the selection process will be notified directly. All applicants will be notified once a final selection has been made and the search has been completed.
NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in your online application, information regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.
Special Note: UW-Madison conducts criminal background checks for final candidate(s).
UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
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